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1712 Weimar – 1774 Dresden


Blind Beggar - 1757


Chiaroscuro woodcut in black and green. Size of sheet: 20.3 x 16.5 cm.


Linck 78.II/III.


Provenance: E.Kaps (Lugt 3549); I.Kaps (Lugt 3551); Bessange sale, 25/10/2010; Norwegian Private Collection.


Very fine, strong impression of this rare print.


Comparative impressions: Baltimore Museum of Art – 1946.112.8641; Rijksmuseum – RP-P-1906-2278.



Christian Wilhelm Dietrich: Blind Beggar

  • Dietrich was a very successful painter in his time. Early on in his career, the artist was appointed court-painter to the king of Saxony. In 1746 he was made keeper of the Dresden Gallery. He was also made a professor in the Academy of Arts in Dresden. Dietrich never developed a style of his own, but produced works in the manner of several older Italian and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish artists, like the present woodcut. It shows clear influence of such genre artists as Adriaen van Ostade or Adriaen Brouwer.

  • Phillip Sandhurst, The Masterpieces of European Art, 1876, p.110;

    Linck, F.J., Monographie der von dem ... Hofmaler und Professor ... C. W. E. Dietrich radirten, geschabten und in Holz geschnittenen malerischen Vorstellungen, 1846.

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